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no or not war president putin addresses political and the public the u.s. saying america should not attack syria as it would ultimately diminish u.s. and international disarmament. terrifying week of pillaging executions and forced conversion in the christian village of. the syrian army units force more than a thousand jihadists out of town. and the u.s. exports its citizens privacy to israel as the n.s.a. shares of raw intelligence reports with the country with a secret deal that no limits on how your data can be used.
worldwide news live in the heart of moscow this is r t with me roll receive thank you for joining us today president vladimir putin has warned against throwing the entire system of international law out of balance as he addressed the american people and politicians in a new york times article this threat to the established order may well happen that's according to the russian leader if indeed washington proceeds with his plan strikes against syria joining me live here on the program sean thomas of the bring us to the latest on this show good to see you so it's quite startling actually the russian president writing an article for the new york times i suppose if world leaders what happened. here to your issues and your arguments and take it to the people well it certainly is an interesting development on this international conversation on syria a strong and hopeful article in the new. york times called
a plea for caution from russia in this putin directly address the us people in what he calls a time of insufficient communication between the societies he talked about the need for the u.n. and providing international stability and talked about a u.s. strike saying that it would put innocent lives at stake spread the conflict derail peace efforts between israel and palestine also hamper discussions on iran's nuclear problem and promote terrorism destabilizing the region as a whole he also talked about unilateral action from the united states under the u.n. charter would be seen as an act of aggression here's what he had to say about working within the limits of international law if you cannot count on international law then you must find other ways to ensure security a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction this is logical if you have the bomb no one will touch you we left with talk of the need to
strengthen nonproliferation when in reality this is being eroded president vladimir putin also wrote about this idea of military intervention culture in the united states saying that is alarming and ask the question why would the west want to repeat the mistakes of the past invoking the memory of iraq and afghanistan a conflict which is still on going now he also talked about the need to consider the u.n. investigation which we have not heard the results from yet saying that there are indications that it was the rebels who could have used the chemical weapons here's what he had to say. no one doubts the poison gas was used in syria but there is every reason to believe it was used not by the syrian army but by opposition forces to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons who would be siding with the fundamentalists reports that militants are preparing
another attack this time against israel cannot be ignored those reports of a tack against israel we have been reporting earlier this week also we're hearing from our sources on the ground of that this could indeed happen using chemical weapons from the syrian rebels something that they feel would be a stronger provocation to israel now the one thing that is very interesting president putin quoted obama on this idea of american exceptionalism and in doing so he invoked the very principles of the united states in the founding of the us the declaration of independence listen to what he had to say about that it is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional whatever the motivation we are all different but when we ask for the lord's blessings we must not forget that god created us equal overall putin said that he was hopeful
with his relation with obama saying that it is marked with a growing trust and he is now pushing for diplomatic ties. sean thomas there in central moscow thank you. now on focusing more on the possible diplomatic solutions russia's foreign minister said get up off the u.s. secretary of state john kerry they're meeting later today in geneva they will try to reach a consensus on a u.n. security council resolution which could see the syrian government getting rid of its chemical weapons a bit earlier in the program i spoke to ati's polyploid. moscow has reportedly handed washington a proposal already that they're set to mull over later on today now thanks to leaks in the russian media we've got some details of that proposal it's reportedly set out in several stages the first stage is going to involve syria signing up to the chemical weapons convention thereafter damascus will have to declare all of its
chemical weapons storage and production facilities after that they're going to have to let chemical weapons inspectors into the country and finally they will have to decide together on how to destroy that stockpile of chemical weapons now we know that the russian and the u.s. delegations here are going to be accompanied by technical experts and by scientists are going to be advising both sides on how to implement any plan that they come up with hit we know that the u.s. president barack obama he's faced mounting criticism and opposition to his proposed military strike against syria so a lot of analysts saying that this diplomatic path that really came out almost accidentally through a throwaway comment that john kerry made on monday that it presents a sort of diplomatic escape hatch for the u.s. president to ultimately save face and potentially save himself the embarrassment of a defeat in crime gress over the issue mosco says that any proposal should mean
that u.s. military strikes are off the table now in fact russia has already rejected a french trough to the u.n. security council that involved a wording that threatened military action against syria and that blames the chemical attack on the twenty first of all guest on damascus so we're watching whether or not these differences can be reconciled here in geneva but at the same time we know that the cia has started to provide syrian rebels with weapons so on the one hand we've got talk of peace. on the other hand is a bit of a discrepancy in terms of action shots as i said earlier because of the situation that president obama is in back home it looks like there is a political will to thrash out an agreement if you present it to the international clique community and to ultimately say face over the issue of syria and while moscow and washington a struggling to come to terms in geneva the rebel free syrian army has shot down
diplomacy once again it has or rejected the proposal to put syria's chemical arsenal under international control meanwhile it's not yet clear who was behind the gassing which sparked america's war preparations and it may well have been the rebels as a chemistry professor told my colleague bill dot. anybody with access to some raw materials the raw materials are not gotten into at a grocery store but they can they can come in very easily one can buy on the chemical market items that are just one step away from sarin easily two steps away so a chemist with about a masters level of training can produce sarin quite easily but the rebels in syria could easily have used chemicals and cells in an attack of that kind. they could if they if they had recruited some chemists with with a few years of training in chemical suits many different types of chemical weapons
that are available some of them easier to make than sarin not quite as effective as sarin is but easily made and easily brought in easily transported no i understand that you conducted an expert in the prove that making chemical weapons is very easy to do if that's the case why haven't we seen more terrorist attacks using chemical weapons. well one of the reasons is probably because of natural selection those that try to make it are if they don't know what they're doing they're going to die in making it and so it's risky business if you don't know what you're doing if you know what you're doing if you have a gantt about a masters level of training we did several tests to assess what level of training one would need and one can pull this off really quite easily and access to the chemicals is easy and then dispersion is easy why there have been not as many attacks with with chemical weapons i'm not sure but there are there are actually
dozens of documented chemical attacks i know in the united states they don't receive a lot of attention but there are are documented attacks. week of looting executions and forcing residents to convert to islamic gunpoint syrian rebels are reportedly now fleeing the christian village of modeler correspondences that telling us that an ongoing army offensive has now dislodged many he has from various parts of the town though the fighting does remain heavy seas and more if an optional now reports from deep inside the embattled village but now indeed soldiers . heard accumulated say the army are controlling the situation here on the ground are not only are essential to a square right now to have been impossible to get the courage to do this you can read. the visibility is not controlled by the army but we are told that they're not
going to turn to two hundred how you can be trying to knock down to our surrounding malinda village and this is why it pays to you know a dangerous thing to do here and this is why they say they need some time to finish it probably take charge to also feel how to tell the truth take you know the first player bets out by the military i'm not sure by the end of monday they say the army . right now and again there are no men to do that and also we were told that they were up to his first five books ok flicka residents who were held hostage in the talks are the basement of a tall tower and they're now three just maybe you can hear it from time to time on the rock we we hear shelling all we hear heard shots which is the army and he asked you know how do you mean. he's being held by the well not very large is a known worldwide as one of the people who are they killed each other to make
language the language of different cards. so we told him to use a number called a very anxious. monetary concern monetary fund also don't make more by the group. or maybe the number. of people how do you. think he's. actually all you get. is one of the very few international correspondents reporting on the ground from. she is keeping us updated on what's happening there twitter feed have a look here one of our most recent tweet saying that she and her crew were caught in the crossfire sound engineer the engineer was slightly injured by a ricocheting bullet latest updates fresh pictures a click away at the. underscore. are still to come
on the program here on our teacupful lands fight to choose their future forging a human chain that stretches the length of catalonia as they lay their claim to vote on a life separate from spain. also you can find out how a city in russia's far east is working around the clock in a race against advancing floodwaters saying failure will spell total disaster as a live report on that is right after the break. choose your language. if we can we know in many ways that.
information on a silver platter and handing it to another state that's exactly what happened in a hush hush deal between the u.s. and israel and washington to clear key data from raw intelligence reports that is shared with its partner. these revelations that concern you. what we're talking about here is a top secret a five page memorandum of understanding that lays out all the details of intelligence sharing between the n.s.a. and its israeli counterpart what it does reveal is that the n.s.a. routinely shade intelligence with israel without first sifting this information to remove information that is inside relating to american citizens it states that israel is allowed to receive intelligence signal it includes and evaluated and minimize transcripts just faxes telex voice and digital network intelligence metadata and content and that is
a quote at the same time the agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the daughter by the israelis so while the memorandum does say that the material has to be handled in accordance with us law and at the same time these raids have agreed not to deliberately target americans who identified in the datta there is no kind of legal obligation to back up these claims in this respect what it leads is that the agreement is not intended to create any legally enforceable rights it is not an international agreement and it is not legally binding it also says that these raids were required to destroy upon recognition any communication that is either to or from an official in the u.s. government this includes the white house cabinet departments the house of representatives and the senate amongst others n.s.a. so far has declined to answer specific questions about this agreement and they say spokesperson has said that the agency insists that the shared intelligence complies
with all the laws governing privacy there was a statement that they did release and in that statement they said and again i'm quoting we are not going to comment on any specific information sharing arrangements or the authority under which any such information is collected the fact that intelligence services work together under specific and regulated conditions mutually strengthens the security of both nations so that has been their their formal response. and while some journalists and activists hope that was so below edward snowden's revelations would inspire a security revolution a professional opinions on the n.s.a.'s ways of doing business are being met with daggers cryptographer matthew green he published a blog post on how the agency is waging its war against privacy but he was shortly asked by john hopkins university where he works to take it down in an interview with r.t. explain what he found out from the information. what we learned is that the n.s.a.
has a hard time breaking crips and so what they've done is they've actually tried to take the products that that perform and corruption and make them worse make the weaker so that it's easier for them to break that encryption the n.s.a. is is willing to make us security a little bit weaker because remember it's not just you know don u.s. citizens who are using these products it's americans too and they're willing to you know we in a sense put our credibility on the line our tire industry on the line in order to access that communications of whoever it is they want to listen to we have a big debate ahead of us how much spying i mean there is there's a range anywhere from zero percent spying to one hundred percent spying and i think we have to figure out what the right balance is i think what we're learning is that the american public is not comfortable with what we're learning about that. and it's good to have you with us here on our show people in the russia far east the reinforcing barricades which stand between them and floods that have been a continual threat for now more than a month work at a major dam is going on around the clock in
a desperate attempt to prevent the region from being swamped lindsey france now joining us live from the program to give us more on this lizzie good to see you so just how bad is it can you give us an update here. well right this summer has been sort of a plague of flooding for the people in the far east it's been a a horrendous flooding season and every time it seems to be getting better every time the people think that they've got the situation under control it breaks records be incident overnight where the levees that are essentially holding water away from the villages they threaten to fail and that is when everyone including the military went out there in large numbers to essentially make sure that these levees do not to break through because the surrounding communities will be submerged in water the military has sent reinforcements out to that area this is an agricultural region and their industry has just been decimated this year so this is . you're out there the military is out there help is more help is on the way in
case this situation gets worse but it is. very difficult two months of flooding for the people out here twenty thousand at least have been evacuated one hundred thousand have been either injured or have their property heavily damaged many houses have just been ruined and people are living in temporary shelters so we'll be watching this situation around the clock to make sure these levees do not fail and of course what is being done to help the people out there all right so the people of russia are still taking a battering from mother nature. thank you. more stories on the web site right now among them at all dot com for example north korea it restarts its infamous nuclear plant believed to be a weapons grade plutonium factory you can find out how to tell what's happening just by the color of the steam coming out of the chimney you can also find out what the north. for the region as well while you are out on. this story
a mystery of a subglacial lake scientists discover a new life forms dating back around one hundred thousand years. right now. right from the sea. first rate. and i think that you're. on a recorder with. an instrument. in the. to iraq we go for the. that's where. the five hundred fifty. a mosque most of the victims were worshippers leaving off the evening prayers while
no one's claimed responsibility a local al qaeda branch is notorious for targeting shiites and similar attacks it's all coming amid a staggering spike in violence in the post-war country. turkey where clashes have broken out again between police and protesters over the death of a young student at a demonstration over the weekend their thirties using tear gas to disperse the crowds in istanbul and the capital ankara the third night of violent confrontations after a funeral was held for the twenty two year old who died in what people are calling a disputed circumstances. and thousands of mexican teachers are taking to the streets again after the president signed into law a controversial new education reform bill and the protests have been ongoing for a month as you can see again resulting in clashes and paralyzing much of mexico city the new law will see teachers' salaries adjusted by outside monitors then
evaluate and grade before i now more than a million people have turned out in the spanish region of catalonia pushing their claim for independence by forming a human chain four hundred kilometers long and the calling on the national government to let them hold a referendum on separating from the rest of spain more from barcelona here and i'll see sarah. well the theme in childhood is to love just. because what. do you think that limits a child understood that a lady up in the woods. to the south knows catalonia class will die and we evoke this action to put pressure on the spanish government could close catalonia independence referendum and instantly of course catalonia to become an independent state that sort of thing to gazans are people taking part in this
action today the big question for everyone watching this around the world why do you guys want independence i wonder in the bend. on culture language and history and also because we have economic reasons as we said a heat study out today no doubt sidley the economic crisis in europe has certainly ways to bully him on these cool school independence without catalonia is the richest region and by a little bit economically they would be better off where independently you cannot make. time to look very much to speak to one today i spoke to at least provides a follow economics of the field of the life at least some data lucy and she told me she had no doubt it's the calculation it would be better off why it's become
independent with our taxes. we would have. higher. revenue for our government because at present on the fifty cent. euro that we face taxes came back the following year and his investor think that's a long enough post shows a majority support for independence and the two thugs of the politicians in the parliament head. all private independent that might not happen as early as twenty fourteen but one thing seems clear with move than a million people turning out in support of independents last year hundreds of thousands of votes are taken part this to get the momentum ahead calling for independents doesn't look like it's fading anytime soon served on a bus. or just a moment here on out so you take a very close look at how terrorists managed to stay off the radar despite c.c.t.v. cameras are watching our every step of the cameras are just in the wrong countries
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